In the past few days a few things have happened on the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet front:
1. A new official firmware was released (4.2007.26-8) which added Skype (voice/chat only for now but video is in the works) and support for SDHC cards up to 8GB. It also has Flash 9 support and YouTube works perfectly on it.
2. A new RTCOMM beta was released for the new firmware which adds in full-on SIP (VoIP) voice communications as well as video chat between N800s over SIP. Full STUN support as well. Everything is well-integrated with the default contacts and IM functions of the device. Fully supports logging into many different VoIP accounts simultaneously.
3. A new Mozilla-based web browser (MicroB) is now in beta and now full-on access to everything Google is achieved with it's full AJAX support. Google docs, reader, etc. now just WORK on the device. Kick-ass.
The agent string for the browser is Firefox/3.0a1 Tablet browser 0.1.13 RX-34_2007SE_4.2007.26-8 and the Maemo devs have reported that they used the latest and greatest Mozilla code for it. Support for Firefox plugins and extensions is included but right now those extensions/plugins have to be repackaged for the N800.
So far I've reflashed my N800 with the new firmware, installed the RTCOMM beta, and also installed the new browser. Then I went and hacked the bootstrap so it would boot from my internal 4GB SDHC (N800 has two SDHC slots, one internal, one external). Eventually I plan on getting two 8GB SDHC cards and booting from one and using the other for removable video/music/ebook/whatever storage.
So far it's been pretty flawless except for a few minor bugs with the new Mozilla engine. But the great thing the Maemo devs did was allow you to select which engine you want to use from a drop-down menu inside the browser itself (MicroB or Opera) so if you install it and find it's not to your liking you can easily jump back to Opera without having to uninstall anything.
The new SIP support beta (RTCOMM) so far is flawless on both my Gizmo and Truphone accounts, and I've had a couple of hour-long Skype calls to landlines AND mobiles with damn good quality as long as I'm using headphones with it.
The Maemo devs are also working on an improved email client they call Modest but it hasn't been released yet. It will probably be released in a few weeks since the screenshots for it look like it's pretty much done.
So for those of you out there with N800s, get to crackin' on installing the new firmware and the new "toys".
Right now the Nokia N800 is the ultimate portable Skype/VoIP/web/email/SCUMMVM/FreeSCI/Wesnoth/ebook-reader/internet-radio/video-playback/comic-book-reader device.
Well, that's my opinion at least.